Earth Day everyday

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. There are many ways that you can help the environment on this day and every day. (Courtesy of Pixabay)

Earth Day was created and first celebrated on April 22, 1970, by 20 million Americans to push the issue of environmental protection into the national agenda.  

Fast forward to April 22, 2022 – Americans continue to celebrate Earth Day through various environmentally friendly activities. 

This year, The Blackman Voice has decided to share some fun and easy ways to celebrate Earth Day and appreciate the Earth every day of the year. Try one of the following ways to celebrate Earth Day and carry on an environmentally-friendly lifestyle for the rest of the year. 

8 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Live Eco-Friendly Daily 

  • Go car-free with bike rides or walking to short destinations. 
Bike riding and walking are possible activities to partake in on Earth Day. (Courtesy of piqsels)
  • Trade-in your plasticware for reusable gear – totes for plastic bags and metal bottles for plastic bottles. 
Using zero-waste reusables is a way to help the environment. (Courtesy of istock)
  • Plant a container or herb garden, or volunteer at your community garden. 
Container gardens can be a small way to help the environment. (Courtesy of flickr)
  • Buy greener products and support local businesses. Support our local businesses at the farmer’s market at 6:30 on Saturday mornings in the spring and summer months. 
Farmer’s markets are a great way to support local farmers. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Green products are available as a safer-for-the-environment option. (Courtesy of flickr)
  • Make your yard pollinator-friendly by planting native plants and removing weeds. 
A saxifrage is a Tennessee native flower. (Courtesy of flickr)
A blanket flower is a Tennessee native flower. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Galega orientals are Tennessee native flowers. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
  • Clean up litter in your neighborhood or local park. Murfreesboro has many parks like Old Fort Park, Stones River Greenway, Cason Trailhead, Barfield Crescent Park, and others. 
Cleaning up litter can be a small thing to help the environment. (Courtesy of flickr)
  • Encourage your local government to prioritize an eco-friendly city by attending city council meetings or writing to your mayor.  
Murfreesboro Government (left to right) Murfreesboro City Council Member Ronnie Martin, Council Member Rick LaLance, Council Member Madelyn Scales Harris, Mayor Shane McFarland, and Judge Toby Gilley (Courtesy of Murfreesboro, TN government)
  • Plant a tree yourself, or get a group of friends to plant multiple trees.  
Planting a tree is a great way to help the environment. (Courtesy of flickr)

Celebrate Earth day locally by joining Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) on Saturday, April 23 from 10 am to 2 pm on Murfreesboro’s Historic Downtown Square for the 21st Annual Earth Day Celebration. This year’s theme is “You have the power to be the change: What does Earth Day mean to you?”